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New York-Dublin livestream portal temporarily closed due to ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Thousands of people have visited the two-way livestream portal since its grand opening on May 8.

The 24/7 stream it situated in north Dublin facing O’Connell Street, while the New York version is located next to the city’s Flatiron Building.

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council said in a statement: “The Portals artwork facilitates a wide range of human interactions and engagements.

“Within days of the launch, the Dublin and NYC Portals have received hundreds of millions of positive impressions on social media and widespread global coverage in the press including CNN, BBC, USA Today. We have also seen a significant increase in footfall to the Portal since its launch around North Earl Street and O’Connell Street.

“The overwhelming majority of interactions are positive. We have seen families and friends unite, dancing moves being shared as well as new friendships being made. There was even a successful marriage proposal.”

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The statement continued: “The Portal offers a window to other cities and is connecting people and cultures in a unique manner – what we are seeing between Dublin and NYC is reflective of a wider narrative of cultural behavior.

“Unfortunately, we have also been witnessing a very small minority of people engaged in inappropriate behavior, which has been amplified through social media.

“While we cannot control all of these actions, we are implementing some technical solutions to address this and these will go live in the next 24 hours.

“We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days with our partners in New York to ensure that Portals continue to deliver a positive experience for both cities and the world…”

A spokesperson from the Portals Organization said they “encourage people to be respectful” while visiting the art installation.


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